This isn’t something that you typically see in a pawnshop window but pawn stars is unique. It did look a bit odd to see a guy carrying in a tire (and this is definitely bigger than what’s on your car). The rubber alone is probably worth a good buck. I’m also sure that the value of anything with an authentic signature of the late Dale Earnhardt has increased since his unfortunate accident.
The guy that is trying to sell this is absolutely certain that this is the real deal. He said that after his wife bought it from a sports memorabilia shop, he sent it out to NASCAR to get Dale’s signature. He pulls out a certificate of authenticity and a letter from Goodyear stipulating how it was from a Dale Earnhardt race car. Rick basically laughed at that since anyone can create something similar on a computer. The guy wanted $1500 and Rick was very interested but wary about the signature. He stated that he thought a real Dale Earnhardt signature would certainly be among the most valuable sports signatures around. He inquires about the chalk marking of “LR8” which apparently means that this was the 8th tire on the left rear. I love auto racing but never knew that they went through that many tires! Rick is excited and calls his expert, Drew. Drew apparently knows handwriting and the peculiarities of a Dale Earnhardt signature. Everyone is disappointed as he finds at least 3 reasons why the signature is a fake. The last comment is by the tires’ owner stating how he’s lost faith in NASCAR.